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Roland (Boss) DR-880 Tutorial ProAudioEXP

Roland (Boss) DR-880 Tutorial

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Learning how to use your new Roland (Boss) DR-880 has never been easier thanks to the official Roland DVD Owner's Manual!

The DR-880 is a rhythm-programming powerhouse that’s loaded with world-class drum, percussion, and bass sounds from Roland’s famous SRX library. It also includes a stunning collection of original waveforms. You can get microscopic with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Patterns can be taken deeper with the Groove Modify feature, where various groove and triplet feels can be applied. Ghost notes and fills can also be added automatically. Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly to the DR-880’s Guitar/Bass Input jack, and playing through the built-in COSM® Drive/Amp models and multi-effects.

Take your DR-880 skills to the next level and pick up the official Roland DVD Tutorial today!

  • What's Included
  • Reviews

Front Panel Overview
Rear Panel
Getting to the Home screen
Playing the Demo
Using the Pads
Patterns vs. Songs
Selecting Patterns

Creating a Pattern
Chord Progression
Fill Ins
Writing your Pattern
Groove Modify
Shortcut for Writing Data

Adjusting Tempo
Changing the Key
Changing Drum Kits
TSC (Total Sound Control)
Creating a Pattern
Realtime Recording
Erasing "on the fly"
Step Recording
Using Groove Modify
Adding a Bass line
Pitch Bend
Chord Progressions
Drum Fills

Creating a Song
Inserting/Deleting Steps
Song Edit

Selecting Kits
Assigning Drum Sounds
Output assignments
Mute Groups
Tuning Drum sounds
Tweaking the Bass part
Bass Amp models
Storing Kits
TSC Total Sound Control

Selecting Effects
Editing Effects
Storing Effects


MIDI Settings
Sync modes
Bulk Dumps/Restores
USB Functions



Customer Reviews

Based on 43 reviews
Ronald Switzer (Biloxi, US)
Boss DR-880 Tutorial

Other reviews claimed that this tutorial gave them a thorough understanding of the operating procedure of Boss DR-880 whereas the Manual was lacking in explanation. They are telling the truth! I couldn't figure out what the manual was saying but after this tutorial I've mastered the Boss DR-880 concept.

Essential viewing

Forget the manual, it comes nowhere close to revealing the hidden depths of this magnificent beat box. I have been able to put together some convincing demos to illustrate to my drummer what is needed to make the tracks sparkle. David is engaging, as ever, and instils confidence as he ploughs through the myriad of special treats in store for the owner of a DR880. Top notch.

Reiner Ahrens (Bonn, DE)
Recommending the Roland (Boss) DR-880 Tutorial

The boss DR-880 Dr Rhythm seems to be out of date today, but to me as a guitar teacher it opens a little rhythmic wonderworld which before I could not imagine. I am so happy that I could buy an almost new machine for less then half the price. It worth any cent. The same I want to make shure about the turorial that David Wills produced for ProAudioEXP.
I am very impressed, to say the least. Watching just one video I could create a 12 bar blues pattern via ez compose, which was impossible to me just from the manual. Just the other way round: after learning to use the functions and their variations from the tutorial could understand the manual.
Thanks to Davids course I can make fully use of this rhythm computer with its phantstic sounds and all of its pattern programming possibilities in short time, which otherwise would have been impossible (I have been trying hard before, spending many days without learning more then some fundamtental functions).

Lloyd Kinsey (Crandall, US)

Great tutorial on boss DR-880

Daniel Beyene
Dr 880 tutorial

The Dr880 tutorials is short but very helpful and an excellent customer service from the guys specially David !!!

Blaise Louis (Perth, AU)
Excellent tutorial

Davids explanations clear and easy to follow. I first tried to work through the features of the DR880 myself using the manual and wasted a lot of time. Should have purchased the tutorial earlier. Definitely recommended.

Ken Bennett (North Fort Myers, US)

The tutorial on my DR880 was very thorough and helpful and saved me a lot of time. And David was even helpful after the sale in answering a question I had. I’ll be back 👍

Samson ADABI (Brussels, BE)
Very good

Clear, easy to understand. Sometimes goes a little too fast but for the rest very solid and a good tutorial

Andrew Manton (Ballarat, AU)
Boss DR-880

I have been looking for one of these now-discontinued machines for a while now but always baulked at the price and the risk/uncertainty when ordering it from overseas. This specimen was sold as a "used" item, about which I had a few reservations but decided to trust the local supplier. After a couple of issues with the courier service, I opened the package to find an essentially "as new" unit with all the original packaging (including unopened manual and CD). I've had it for a few weeks now and it's far exceeded my expectations. You guys will be at the top of my list to check out when I'm next in the market for some specialised gear. Thanks!

Patrick De Bruyn (Lummen, BE)
Boss DR-880

Crystal clear explanations !!!
It is a lot easier to understand things when you actually see it :-)
This is not my first Pro-Audio-DVD, but it shure won't be my last.
Truly recommendable !
Greetings from Belgium (Europe) :-)
Thank you David :-)

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